Archive for July 2014

Localist Roundup: Coping With Loneliness

According to this piece, millennials have some interesting tensions in their political views. Meanwhile, this article bemoans the way that parking  has taken over cities. This article describes an epidemic of American loneliness and a somew...

Place and the Role of Planning

[This post is adapted with permission from “The Space Was Ours Before We Were the Place’s,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAlliste...

What Will Make Me Grateful?

“The greatest benefits will not bind the ungrateful.” Aesop’s Fables The farmer, finding a frozen snake, pitied him and placed him in his bosom to thaw. The revived snake, unmoved by gratitude, inflicts a mortal wound. Such ingratitude is e...

Things Grow Better With Coke

The humble squash bug is truly a remarkable creature. The neonicotinoid pesticides that play such havoc with the fragile bees and birds have no effect whatsoever on the resilient squash bug. Indeed, they seem to be impervious to all pestici...

Accreditation to the Rescue (for real?)

Hillsdale, Michigan. I am a little late to the surge of 1s and 0s in response to Peter Conn’s less than tepid essay about faith and higher education. The gist of his gripe is the well-worn Voltairian notion that faith and reason are i...

Localist Roundup: Facebook Moderation

This article investigates tensions for Catholic businessmen trying to follow church social doctrine. Meanwhile, this piece describes a innovative local food option that is currently making its way from France to England. In other news, a Du...

Architecture and Urbanism: Traditional vs. Modern

[This post is adapted with permission from “Metaphysical Realism, Modernity, and Traditional Cultures of Building,” an essay in the anthology Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America, edited by Wilfred M. McC...

Learning from the Bees

“Passing their lives under exalted laws, Alone they recognize a fatherland And the sanctity of a home, and provident For coming winter set to work in summer And store their produce for the common good.” Virgil, The Georgics IV Bees simply s...